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This service provides an opportunity for ordained and lay ministers to reaffirm their commitment to their appointed ministries, as well as have oil blessed for use in the year to follow. Traditionally held on Maundy Thursday, it is now scheduled for the week before so clergy can be in their parishes during Holy Week.

A lunch will follow. Please RSVP via the button below.

All lay persons are also welcome to attend.  The service will be live-streamed on the Cathedral YouTube channel.

Regarding the blessing of oil

Oil of Chrism as well as Oil for Anointing the Sick will be distributed following the service from the table on the Gospel side of the altar. Your oil stocks should be clean. Fresh cotton wool will be supplied; leaving them completely empty is the best policy. 

It is understood that some may desire to provide their own oils to be blessed.  Please put these on the table before the service begins with the oils available from the Cathedral.

For those who may be looking for material for the Reception of Oils to use in your parish following the blessing in March, this option from the Church of England's Common Worship, adapted to the oils used, is suggested.


RSVP for Lunch